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My guest is Ann Campanella author of Motherhood Lost and Found. In this award-winning memoir, author and poet Ann Campanella returns to her home state of North Carolina ready to build a farm and start a family. Her foundation is shaken when she experiences multiple miscarriages at the same time her mother spirals into Alzheimer's. Ann’s connection to horses sustains her as her window of motherhood begins to close. As her mother’s memory fades, Ann receives a final miracle. Listen to Ann as she shares her emotional journey.  
In this episode, we meet F.J Thomas an author, horsewoman and healthcare worker. F.J shares her journey towards a healthier lifestyle where her choices have made a profound difference on not just her physical, but mental health as well. A cowgirl at heart, F.J. Thomas resides in east Tennessee on a horse farm with a menagerie of horses, cats, and dogs. Working full time in the healthcare industry, F.J. spends the rest of her time judging open horse shows and competing in anything from hunt seat to barrel racing and ranch events every chance she gets. A multi-genre author, F.J. started writing in high school and never looked back. A romance and short story author with Solstice Publishing, she has a new children's book releasing in 2016 under the name Jewel Thomas and has written articles that have appeared in America's Horse, Horse & Ranch Magazine, and Hoofbeats. In addition to writing and riding, F.J. also founded Cowgirls With Curves. Her real life pursuit of the cowgirl lifestyle has provided plenty of first-hand experience and inspiration for writing.  
After the loss of her beloved father , Eileen Doyon decided to deal with her grief through journaling. Eventually, that journaling resulted in not just her healing, but a book -  Unforgettable Faces & Stories: Dedications: Dads and Daughters (Daughters Remembering Their Dads Who Served in the Military. Today Eileen’s mission….is to help others talk about their loved ones who have passed and to tell their stories of their own personal keepsakes. 
Many if not most women have been locked in a battle with their bodies for as long as they can remember. And when it comes to riding horses, they drag their arsenal of self-doubt with them every time they step into the saddle. Some quit riding completely. Others ride, but are frustrated by their lack of progress as riders or what they see as poor performance. They succumb to silent self-torment as they wonder how they look, what others think, and whether they have any business on the back of a horse if their jeans feel a little too tight. Listen to Melinda's interview as she shares excerpts from her latest book. 
Sarah George is an authentic young woman who 'tells it like it is" in her equestrian circle. She shares her raw experiences with barn bullying. A refreshing young perspective of the horse world on YouTube!
Camie Widmer is a young entrepreneur with a dream. She noticed that there was a hole in the horse tack market and filled that void with her new on-line tack shop the Performance Pony Company (  
The Centauride:Riding for DV Awareness is a four year horseback journey around the US to raise awareness and support for domestic violence victims and survivors.  Meredith Cherry and her palomino horse Apollo will travel to 49 capitals and countless Domestic Violence centers, women’s shelters, schools and community centers to bring awareness about this “silent epidemic” and to provide hope to women dealing with the effects of DV in their own lives. Meredith and Apollo will be travelling on a planned route of approximately 14,000 miles.  This will be the 1st ride to all 48 states to be made by a woman... and the 3rd attempt ever (two similar rides were successfully completed in early 1900’s).  They are scheduled to begin this epic journey on October 1, 2016 and complete the ride in 2020.  Their extensive preparations have been going on for over two years already, including training, fitness, planning, and otherwise working to be prepared for a horseback ride that will take as long as earning a college degree, over a route of 5 times the coast-to-coast distance. Meredith has been riding horses for 20 years, and has a B.S. in Equine Science from Colorado State University.  She is a DV survivor.  Her experiences working as a wrangler in the Colorado Rockies and horse trekking in India should help her be prepared for the challenges and conditions she and Apollo will be facing on this journey. Apollo is a 7 year old Peruvian Paso-Mustang palomino gelding.  He is being trained using Parelli Natural Horsemanship techniques. He is excellent at liberty work on the ground, such as following Meredith without a lead rope through obstacle courses in arena. He is extremely clever and has the spirit, stamina and smarts needed to travel this great distance. Please support Meredith through her blog-
Laura Wolfe is back as my guest with her new book a children's horse book - Henrietta's Hoof Polish. Henrietta will do almost anything to fit in with the fancy horses next door. But when her plan to be discovered at the annual Blue Ribbon Horse Show does not work out as intended, Henrietta realizes that the grass may be the greenest in her own pasture. Suggested age range for readers: 3-8 Laura Wolfe is also the proud Finalist in the 2016 Indie Next Generation Indie Book Awards—First Novel category. Her picture book, Henrietta's Hoof Polish, was published in 2016 by Guardian Angel Publishing. Laura is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura's YA mystery, Trail of Secrets (Book 1, Dark Horse Series) (Fire and Ice, 2015), was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards—First Novel category.  Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the SCBWI.  
Lissa Oliver is an award winning horseracing journalist and has written three novels. Born in London, she has lived in Kildare, Ireland, since 1988 and writes for The Irish Field, International Thoroughbred, European Bloodstock News, Trainer Magazine, and Australian magazines Racetrack and Track To Track, among many others. She is an Executive Officer of the Irish Writers' Union and serves on the Board of Directors of the Irish Copyright Licensing Association. Lissa lives with her husband and large menagerie of pets who include Brenda the dog, Gary the bullock and Leitmotif, retired racehorse. A great interview with a very interesting and talented woman. Give it a listen!
SayWhoa! is a Revolutionary product which promotes the digestive flow assisting with normal bowel movements. Horses may become dehydrated and impacted by simple acts of weather changes, feeding, and exercise.  SayWhoa!  promotes the normal flow of digestion and assists in the elimination of retained stool. Hailed as a miracle in a bottle, Say Whoa! has a following of loyal fans with fervent testimonials. One of the most famous Monty Roberts, the Horse Whisperer. Developed three years ago by Reba Martinez.  All natural product that helps relieve horse colic, fecal impaction, sand, gas, spasmodic or watery stools.
Anne Gage's original interview was one of the favorites from the Spring of 2015 on Straight From the Horse's Mouth. Anne's advice and tips about confident riding are always timely. 
When Ashley Tomaszewski heard that there was such a thing as endurance, riding, and it was in Ontario, she was intrigued.  After lots of research and asking questions, she was prepared to start training for her first ride. It seems like it all paid off as Ashley and her mare Splash finished their first ride at 25 miles in second place! She was hooked! Ashley’s next goal was to complete a couple more 25-mile rides in 2015 to gauge how ready they were to attempt a 50-mile ride, which they completed as their  the last ride in 2015 and she beat a number of personal goals as well. Ashley’s goals for 2016 include improving her time on the 50s and doing some rides in the U.S. Listen to Ashley as she shares her love of endurance riding!
Finally, a how-to book on horse camping. Tania Millen is the author of her latest book - Go Horse Camping. Her mission this year is to publish it her third book through a Kickstarter project. Tania Millen is an avid outdoors person from Terrace, British Columbia. She has ridden horses for over thirty years in Canada, the USA and England, has competed at a national level and was a groom for a member of the Canadian Equestrian Three Day Event Team. Since 2010, Tania has ridden over three thousand kilometers of wilderness trails. Tania's Pack 'Em Up Ride Em Out is the real out back horse camping book, but Go Horse Camping is for the average rider.  In between horses, Tania Millen learned to fly planes and paragliders, climbed rocks and ice, won bodybuilding competitions, skied mountains, designed and built a house after renovating too many, lived in England and Australia, became a scientist and spent 14 years remediating contaminated sites, trained as a professional chocolatier, got trained by her dog, unintentionally retired at 42, and wrote a bunch of words that people seem to like reading. Listen to Tania's interview and support her Kickstarter campaign.
Leslie Hanes is an entrepreneur and inventor. She owns Discovery Trekking, a company that carries innovative clothing for active outdoors people. Leslie responds to her customers and created what they need. One of her inventions is the saddle skirt that protects the rider, the saddle and the horse. Listen to Leslie as she shares her amazing products aand inventions. 
Kelsey Spence is a PhD Student, Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. She is currently working with a research team to help prevent the spread of equine disease within Ontario, Canada. Listen to Kelsey as she outlines her research and the wonderful work that Equine Guelph is doing to help horses healthy.
The Balanced Horse Project™ recognizes the lack of answers, research, and resolutions referring to the conflicted horse. Natural, positive body changes, using empirical standards of investigation, research, and double blind testing, validated theories forming facts. Founder, Patricia Cleveland merged her equestrian interests with experience, experimentation, and study, to define the independent science of Equilology™. Removing artificial elements and utilizing organic resources to transform injured or traumatized horses. Advanced body improvements beyond established standards required further investigation. Patricia is an innovative thinker, who has developed her own system of universal body balancing. Techniques and protocols reshape the understanding of  the self-healing body. Releasing the physical stress promotes resistant free relationships. Patricia instinctively knows how to positively influence a horse in work, without the use of artificial means; drugs, shoes, or expensive equipment. Watching her work, defies logic while illustrating a connection using invisible words shared with intelligent self-aware animals, who know exactly where it hurts.
Crystal Parrot is a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. The Young Living Company produces essential oils that are natural home remedies and are great for use as alternative medicine. These essential oils offer a remedy for everything from migraines and back pain to fever and sickness.  By using these natural home remedies, you can ensure you’re participating in your new vivacious lifestyle. With these alternative medicines, anything is possible. One of the treatments used on people and horses is the raindrop technique. The Raindrop Technique is a relaxing therapeutic procedure where essential oils are dropped six inches onto your hooves, spine and neck. Because the oils are dropped onto the skin like raindrops, that is how this technique got its name. This is a very relaxing procedure that pushes out occasional stress and minor anxiety that a horse may experience from everyday overwork and fatigue. The essential oils connect with the electric field of the individual as the drops penetrate through the pores of the skin. This allows the enhancement of the oils’ electromagnetic properties to gently soothe away tension and helps relax muscles. This technique is a form of homeopathy that was created by Gary D. Young.   
What is it like to be a female jockey? Janice L. Blake shares her views and insights of a male dominated sport.  She also shares her love of horses and the realities of working at the track from the backside. Janice Blake was born and raised Hoosier (that means someone from Indiana) with nothing more than a fervent desire to be with horses, she created a glorious life that has spanned numerous equine disciplines while traveling the world in search of this priceless experience. Janice's website is a laser hub for information and articles she gleaned from her many resources to bring readers the most innovative and high-quality ideas about how to better coexist with our equine friends. Using her vast experience, she sifts through the fluff so you don’t have to. 
Trish Broersma was introduced to a breast cancer survivor rehabilitation program developed by Catherine Hand, a PATH International advanced therapeutic riding instructor.  Catherine’s rehabilitation program is based on her own experience with breast cancer treatment side effects. Catherine was dying from the results of drugs used to treat breast cancer. Through interacting with her own horse, she was able to reverse the side effects of the drugs. Trish was profoundly moved by Catherine's experience and returned from Prescott inspired to offer a similar program to women of the Rogue Valley and named it Riding Beyond. She enhances the California program with activities with the horses that nurture the human spirit, based on her many years of work in human development with Jean Houston and Peggy Rubin, and her explorations into the horse/human relationship through liberty training. Listen to Trish as she shares the wonderful stories of healing through the Riding Beyond program.
Stephanie J. Corum is a freelance writer who specializes mainly in the equine industry. She combines a lifetime of horse knowledge with the ability to write about and promote horses in whatever way the customer needs. Trying to sell a race horse? She has the experience and knowledge to know what is important to the buyer. Want to promote a breeding stallion? She understands what traits breeders are looking for. Whether you need a one page flyer or a 10 page article, Stephanie can get it done professionally, to your specifications and within your budget. In this interview I talk with Stephanie about her writing process, creativity and children's books.
The EQUI-STIM LEG SAVER®  is a holistic multi-frequency system for equine therapy that is very successful at treating most lameness and health issues that seem to plague the athletic horse.  Inflammation is attacked and readily removed with the use of the Equi-Stim Leg Saver. Gary DesRoches is the father of the EQUI-STIM LEG SAVER founded Apr. 22, 1998 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Gary is a horse veteran with 48 years of experience in the Thoroughbred & Standardbred industry. The EQUI-STIM LEG SAVER®, is an alternative therapy available to help the average horse owner rehabilitate and maintain their equine athlete. The EQUI-STIM LEG SAVER® uses fluctuating micro-current with pads and electro gel to treat lameness-causing injuries, disease, and soreness at the cellular level. Common causes of equine lameness that can benefit from the LEG SAVER® include: suspensory ligament injuries, bowed tendons, injuries to the fetlock, knee, and hock joints, laminitis, tying-up, and muscle soreness. The therapy is designed to be a cost-saving alternative to expensive drugs and injections, and is easy to use, coming with an instructional manual and DVD. EQUI-STIM LEG SAVER® assures results with a money-back guarantee. Listen to Gary DesRoches as he describes the benefits of this wonderful alternative therapy.
In this interview, I consult with the holistic veterinarian, Dr. Christine King. We use my 17-year-old horse as an example and review the many options available for the senior horse owner. Nature always wins... “That's my approach to veterinary medicine these days: Nature always wins in the end, so we might as well follow its lead and save ourselves a whole lot of trouble. "Nature's (bumbling) Apprentice" is another name for this adventure, because it's a road less traveled, and the only reliable road map I've found isn't a map at all; it's nature itself, in all its weird and wonderful ways.” Dr. Christine King Dr. Christine King is an Australian veterinarian, now based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. King’s Aussie credentials are the equivalent of DVM, DipABVP (equine), MS. During Dr. King’s career, She worked in private practice, university teaching hospitals, clinical research, and publishing. Still, after all that, Dr. King states that she is simply a girl who loves animals and other living things. The first 6 years of Dr. King’s career were spent in private practice in Australia, working first in a rural mixed-animal practice and later in an equine hospital. From 1991 to 1994 she worked as a resident veterinarian at Veterinary Teaching Hospitals in Australia (University of Sydney) and the US (North Carolina State University). After leaving NCSU  Dr. King took a break from active practice and worked as a veterinary medical writer and editor for several years. It proved to be a very productive time, because during those years she learned the ropes of the publishing industry and she wrote her first three books.  
The Equestrian Vagabond, Merri Melde, is a horse photographer, writer, artist, cartoonist, endurance horse conditioner, spotted owl hooter, wildlife technician, trail builder, carriage driver, sound engineer, theatre techie, world traveler, racetrack groom, and a rabid, obsessed endurance rider and Tevis Cup finisher! (not all at the same time). . . in short, a Professional Vagabond. She hails from the Pacific Northwest and calls herself a Native Seattleite, though she sometimes wanders California, and often Idaho, and always the great West in general. She just happens to own the Most Beautiful Horse on the Planet, Stormy, who just happens to approve of these photographs, many of which he is the subject. Merri has been behind the lens shooting horses since 1986, in the United States and around the planet. Her photos and stories have appeared in newspapers, websites, books, and magazines around the world.
The concept of Tail Lights was created by accident. Literally.  On a cool November evening, Sami, the founder of Tail Lights, and her friend were riding both of Sami's horses back to the barn.  Despite living in an equestrian community and using reflectors, Sami's horse and her friend were struck by a car.  It was a hit and run. Although her friend was thankfully unharmed, her horse Afar was not.  Thousands of dollars later in veterinarian expenses Sami made it her mission to design and develop the most advanced safety lighting system for horses the world has ever seen. That is how Tail Lights, the product, was born. She wanted a bright, versatile, tough, yet beautiful way to make her and any others horses' presence on the road known. "I was lucky. Each year thousands of horses and riders are injured and with some killed from automobile encounters. Another horse or rider should never be injured again because of lack of visibility.  My horse survived, but now he has chronic arthritis in both his back legs and cannot be ridden. We have great walks together now, and I am grateful to have that seeing so many others have lost their partners in similar instances.  I personally designed, developed, and tested Tail Lights to be highly visible, comfortable, and restriction free for most horses to wear. They are even water resistant - meaning yes, you can hose them off.  They are gorgeous with many colors to choose from." - Sami Gros  Listen to my interview with Sami Gros inventor of Tail Lights. 
Over the last 25 years the same problem has been brought to Ed Crothers, Equine Analyst, over and over. A well-trained horse that has won numerous competitions and awards or that has been a wonderful riding partner has developed a bad attitude. This good horse has gone bad. What to do about a good horse gone bad? Suddenly the owner cannot control the horse like they used to. Every riding session becomes a fight the joy of riding slips away. Many times the horse is taken to a trainer to be corrected and while at the trainer the horse seems to be better for a time and then after returning home the "Bad Horse" comes out again. Other times the horse is turned out to the pasture in hopes that a little off time will bring the "Good Horse"back. Many times the horse never returns to the riding partner that they came to love, sometimes the horse is never ridden again. This is where the "Good Horse Gone Bad" philosophy comes in. Ed Crothers philosophy is centered around the well-trained horses that developed a bad attitude. The reasons behind the attitude change are fully explored and corrections are made. Many times the problems are solved and the "Good Horse" returns by the end of a session.u
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Paula Slater
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Oct 22nd, 2014
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Jan 18th, 2017
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